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A Week In Film #354: Cooking again

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The November Man
Complicated (in a bad way) spy shenanigans with Pierce Brosnan as a CIA operator and lots of shooting and running around over something or other, I forget exactly. Definitely not as much fun as director Roger Donaldson’s earlier The Bank Job.

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Paid In Full
Honest kid Wood Harris quickly gets sucked into The Game in early 80s New York as Crack begins to take off. With Regina Hall, Mehki Phifer, Kevin Carroll, Esai Morales and Cam’Ron, directed efficiently by Charles Stone III.

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Dead Man Running
Tamer Hassan and Danny Dyer look embarrassed throughout as they desperately try to string out half-arsed dialogue that barely connects incomprehensible plot points in a bid to raise the cash to pay back big-time shylock 50 Cent (no, really) his £100,000 before the clock runs out.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Riz Ahmed keeps the audience guessing as to what he is, sort of a post-9/11 Agatha Christie mystery.

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The Road
Post-apocalyptic America is no fun in this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel by John Hellcat. Viggo Mortensen does his best to protect his son, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Charlize Theron is the wife/mother in flashback, Robert Duvall an old man they encounter, Guy Pearce another survivor. Very depressing, but also offering the slenderest sliver of hope.

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The Heat
Silly but fun buddy movie, with uptight FBI agent Sandra Bullock teaming up with boorish Boston PD cop Melissa McCarthy. The plot doesn’t really matter. Paul Feig marshals things nicely.

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Nicolas Winding Refn begins his fruitful men-of-few-words partnership with Ryan Gosling, here as a sought-after getaway driver embroiled in all kinds of mess.

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The Narrow Margin
Gnarly noir about a cop (Charles McGraw) who must escort a mobster’s widow (Marie Windsor) to LA to testify before a grand jury; unfortunately there’s a stack of bad guys determined to stop them dead in their tracks. One of Richard Fleischer’s earlier movies, and even more hard boiled than his previous effort, Armored Car Robbery.

A Week In Film #200: Summer’s back

Antifa: Chasseurs De Skins
Interesting documentary on militant anti-fascists in Paris from the 1970s onwards. A little bit structurally confused, but packed with fascinating footage and interviews with those who took on the cash as young men – many of them who continue to do so in middle age.

Definitely could have done with the participation of women, though.

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The Eagle Has Landed
Knockabout counterfactual war shenanigans, with ‘honourable soldier’ Michael Caine leading his men into action on a crazy mission to capture Churchill in sleepy East Anglia. Donald Sutherland, Jenny Agutter, Robert Duvall, Sven Bertil, Treat Williams, Larry Hagman – fun times.

And again with Will Graham chasing down the Tooth Fairy, helped/hindered in equal measure by Brian Cox’s peerless Hannibal Leckter.

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The Dark Knight Rises
Not sure I really dug this. Staged big, but seemed to be small-minded. Will have another crack at it sometime.

Loved it – especially off-the-grid hit man Eric Bana’s relationship with daughter Saoirse Ronan, and annoying teen Jessica Barden fencing with sickish right-on parents Olivia Williams and Jason Flemyng. Tom Hollander and Cate Blanchett both very watchable too.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Fincher version – and it grabbed me much tighter than the original. Rooney Mara astonishing as tightly wound hacker Lisbeth Salander, Daniel Craig providing solid priggishness as the hack-in-peril who brings her in on a job he has no hope of completing. Genuine moments of tension.

Nicholas Winding Refn’s big Hollywood calling card – very 70s existential road movie-influenced, The Driver, Vanishing Point, Electra Glide In Blue and all that – and it really did seem worth the hype. Ryan Gosling very good. Explosions of violence. Proper SUDDEN happenings. Approve.